And again more surprises, of the 4 quarter finals all the experts were reserved about predictions but the overall opinion was that the semi final line up would read; Li Na v Lisicki and Stephens v Kvitova and the results 1 out of 4 correct.
Li Na and Radwanska produced the tie of the round and one of the best of the tournament Li Na hard hitting and a solid all round game and Radwanska tactically very astute and clever with the choice of shots, somehow Li Na failed to win the first set despite 4 set points and a healthy lead in the tie break, worst still she hit an ace to win the set however it was called out and Li didn't challenge the call..WHAT speechless. Radwanska on the other hand had her first set point and converted it.
The Polish player was on the back foot but somehow managed to get ahead and although Li won the second set She failed in the third the 6-2 score did not do justice to Li as most games went on to deuce and more such a long and entertaining game of contrasting styles. Still do not know how Li did not win it!
The only match that went with pre match prediction was Lisicki v Kanepi, no hangover here for the German she looked great and loves playing here, she continues to enjoy each appearance winning 6-3 6-3.
The third match was 2011 winner Kvitova v Flipkens from Belguim, Kvitova was suffering from a virus but still produced solid Tennis and big serve and although she took the first set in a tight affair 6-4 the second set was equally tight Flipkens got the break for 6-3 and in the decider crucially Flipkens broke at the perfect time for a 5-4 lead and served out the game similar to the first quarter game the big server and big hitter came off second best to a smaller but gifted player Kipkens who used to have Steffi Graff as her hero and certainly tries to emulate her style very clever and well done after coming back from awful injury problems that saw her drop out of the top 300 in the women's game.
Finally Bartoli came out a winner against Sloane Stephens, the American has a great future but was gunned down by again a different style of play Stephens slim athletic fast around the court. Bartoli mainly two handed forehand and backhand with such a tight tennis-grip on the tennis-rackets won in 2 sets 6-4 7-5.
So the semis are Radwanska v Lisicki and Bartoli v Flipkens who would have thought it dare I say the Champion will come from the first game. I can but I would not put money on it not a penny or even my tennis-shoes! What do you think?
Mens tomoz well Enjoy
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